oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam)

  • Medical Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: oxazepam

DISCONTINUED BRAND NAMES: Serax, Zaxopam

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Oxazepam is used to treat anxiety and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:

  • Use of oxazepam for a prolonged period of time can cause physical dependence. Suddenly stopping treatment after a few months of daily use may be associated with withdrawal symptoms including a feeling of loss of self-worth, agitation, difficulty sleeping (insomnia), seizures, muscle cramps, vomiting, and sweating. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, the dose of oxazepam should be tapered (decreased) slowly over time.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects associated with oxazepam treatment are

Other side effects include

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